March 2015 Blog Posts (26)

Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age - Liverpool

It is commonly noted that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health issue at some time in their lives. What is less often discussed is why in a wealthy and technologically advanced part of the world, so many of us continue to struggle with poor mental health.

For many the presence of digital technologies is exasperating this problem, by altering our sense of self and our social relationships. Meanwhile, others suggest that technological innovation is a…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 11:02 — No Comments

Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

The loss of reason, a sense of alienation from the commonsense world we all like to imagine we inhabit, the shattering emotional turmoil that seizes hold and won’t let go—these are some of the traits we associate with madness. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 19:44 — No Comments

Mental Health Taskforce launched

As signalled in the NHS Five Year Forward View, a new Taskforce is being established to develop a new five year national strategy for mental health, for people of all ages across England.

It will explore the variation in the availability of mental health services across England, look at the outcomes for people who are using services, and identify key priorities for improvement. It will…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Lived Experience Network

The Lived Experience Network - originally established with support of the Higher Education Academy - is for people with a shared interest in patient & public involvement (PPI) in higher education.  You can find out more from their web pages.

The next LEN showcase…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 15:41 — No Comments

Fit Mind, Fit Job: from evidence to practice in mental health and work

The costs of mental ill-health for individuals, employers and society at large are enormous. Mental distress is responsible for a very significant loss of potential labour supply, high rates of unemployment, and a high incidence of sickness absence and reduced productivity at work. Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 15:38 — No Comments

Using Social Media to Widen Young People's Participation in Social Work Education: new report

Using a systematic review approach, this study set out to identify social media resources currently used by service users to share knowledge and experience, in order that they could be used to widen young people’s participation in social work education. Resources found were included in a database available to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to support and promote the use of these sites.…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Asylum magazine - latest issue, on mental health in comics, out now!

Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. Asylum especially welcomes contributions from service users or ex-users (or survivors), carers, and frontline psychiatric or mental health workers (anonymously, if you wish). The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers. Asylum Collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality. Please…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

University Involvement Groups.

I've updated the list of University involvement groups.  Do you know of others?  Please let me know:

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 19:04 — No Comments

The language of wellbeing

This document has been written as a companion piece to the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) 4PI Standards for Involvement. It aims to: 1) introduce readers to the language of mental wellbeing by providing an overview of terms that have been, and continue to be used in this area. 2) provide a resource, alongside the Service User Involvement in Policy and Carer Involvement documents, that enables readers to use it for reference purposes. 3) report on the findings of a recent survey of…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:16 — No Comments

The Recovery Letters

This resource, which may well be of use in teaching, can be found here

'The Recovery Letters started as an idea when I was staying at Maytree Respite Centre in November 2011.

My depression was very acute and I lost many things in my life, my job, concentration, some friends, the ability to read, nearly my life and all hope. I had suicide attempts and intrusive suicidal thoughts…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:06 — No Comments

A call for innovative learning resources in mental health

Mental Health 4 Life is a national learning resource to promote mental health and well being, prevent poor mental health and improve early intervention. The initiative is supported by the National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, Dr. Geraldine Strathdee, and key system partners. The organisers are looking for evidence-based learning and training resources for use by the people working in public services (non-mental health specialists) in order to promote mental health and…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Open Dialogue seminars - hosts and venues sought.

'During the course of the week of 22nd to 26th June 2015 Nick Putman and Mia Kurtti will be travelling across the UK to lead one day seminars to introduce the Open Dialogue approach. Please use the form on the link below to express your interest in hosting one of the seminars in your area and/or helping to run the seminar. They are looking for venues with a capacity of around 200 people which either have built in seating (at ground level rather than tiered) or where seating can be arranged.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2015 at 17:37 — No Comments

Landscapes of Helping: kindliness in neighbourhoods and communities

The giving and receiving of informal acts of help, or kindliness, is taken for granted in many communities. However this is an area which is little researched or understood.

This paper finds that:

  • As well as the social and physical environment, we also need to understand conflicting emotions and messages about help and support, and the complex ways in which people negotiate these.

  • Individualism, self-reliance and ideals of independence can impact on…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 17, 2015 at 16:55 — No Comments

Service user and carer support project officer: Vacancy at UCLAN

This fixed term post (1 year) provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to UCLan's long established SUCAG (Service User and Carer Advisory Group) initiative which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014.  SUCAG provides a central hub for co-ordination and facilitation of service user and carer involvement across social care programmes at UCLan.  SUCAG is service user and carer led and seeks to embed authentic service user and carer voices within social care…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

DUCIE network

The Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE) network now has a twitter feed: @ducienetwork

For more details about the network, see HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Call for contributions: Book on Mental Distress and Space

Mental Distress and Space: Community and Clinical Applications


Laura McGrath & Paula Reavey (eds)


The change from an institutional to community care model of…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 16:19 — No Comments

A day in the life - (how) are you using this to learn and teach?

A snapshot of the lives, and wellbeing of people who experience mental health difficulties in England

Visit the website

Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Patient Voices digitial stories - a wonderful teaching resource.

The Patient Voices digital stories use video, audio, still images and music to convey patients', carers', practitioners' and managers' own stories in a unique way. They are intended to touch the hearts of managers, clinicians and others striving to improve the quality of health and social care, and our workshops being are increasingly used to engage with, and evidence outputs from, the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and patient engagement agendas, together with being used to provide…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Shape of Caring Review report published.

The Shape of Caring Review report, commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now been published. In the report Lord Willis, Chair of the review, makes 34 recommendations for the future education and training of nurses and care assistants.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2015 at 22:25 — No Comments

Knowledge and skills for social workers in adult services

The knowledge and skills statement sets out for the first time, what a social worker with adults is expected to know and be able to do after their first year in employment. It also places a strong emphasis on the role of employers and the training and support they must provide to deliver quality social workers. The statement will inform a more rigorous approach to how the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) is being applied and assessed.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2015 at 22:21 — No Comments

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QMU launches the world's first Masters in Mad Studies

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 1, 2020 at 11:50 0 Comments

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is launching the world’s first master’s degree in Mad Studies. The MSc Mad Studies course is primarily a course for graduates with lived experience of mental health issues. It has been hailed by a leading international Mad Studies academic as the most exciting piece of curriculum development in the last 20 years!

Mad Studies is a recognised academic discipline that explores the knowledge and actions that have grown…


Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…


Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …


Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…


Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 1 Comment

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…


Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

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